City-Related Constitutional Amendment Propositions

Six out of nine proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution on the November 5 ballot directly affect Texas cities. 

Proposition 6 is the proposal that would fund infrastructure projects in the State Water Plan. The proposed amendment would create two state funds to be administered by the Water Development Board.  If the proposition passes, $2 billion from the state’s “Rainy Day Fund” would be funneled into the accounts for the purpose of making loans to cities and others for water infrastructure projects.

Propositions 1 and 4 relate to property tax exemptions for certain veterans or their surviving spouses. Proposition 1 would authorize a property tax exemption for all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of a surviving spouse of a member of the U.S. armed forces who is killed in action if the surviving spouse has not remarried. Proposition 4 would authorize a property tax exemption for a percentage of the market value of a residence homestead of a disabled veteran (or surviving spouse in certain circumstances) that is equal to the disabled veteran’s percentage of disability if the homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization at no cost to the veteran.

Proposition 7 would allow a home rule city with three or four year terms to, if the charter so provides, fill a vacancy by appointment if the unexpired term is 12 months or less.  Current law mandates the calling of a special election to fill such a vacancy, regardless of charter provisions to the contrary. 

Additional information about all of the propositions is available in the constitutional amendment “Focus Report” prepared by the House Research Organization.  The specific ballot language for the city-related amendments follows:

Proposition 1: The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the United States who is killed in action.

Proposition 3: The constitutional amendment to authorize a political subdivision of this state to extend the number of days that aircraft parts that are exempt from ad valorem taxation due to their location in this state for a temporary period may be located in this state for purposes of qualifying for the tax exemption.

Proposition 4: The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization.

Proposition 6: The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan to ensure the availability of adequate water resources.

Proposition 7: The constitutional amendment authorizing a home-rule municipality to provide in its charter the procedure to fill a vacancy on its governing body for which the unexpired term is 12 months or less.

Proposition 9: The constitutional amendment relating to expanding the types of sanctions that may be assessed against a judge or justice following a formal proceeding instituted by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. 

 

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